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Carl Leopold Netter (1864-1922) was a prominent industrialist in Germany. He took over management of his father's firm in Strasbourg and moved the operations to Berlin, where he developed it into one of the most important companies in Germany's iron industry. After the Nazis came to power, the company was seized and turned over to the Mannesmann concern. Netter was also the founder of the Metal Exchange in Berlin, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a trustee of the Commercial Academy of Berlin. He advocated for reforms in the organization of the pre-World War I iron industry and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. Netter was also very active in the Jewish community. He sat on the board of the Jewish community of Berlin, represented the community in the Jewish Colonization Association, and was a founder of the Jewish Hospital of Berlin, Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden, the ICA, the Academy of Jewish Science, and the Centralverein Deutscher Staatsbuerger Juedischen Glaubens.

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Unknown Artist: Carl Leopold Netter Medal, Leo Baeck Institute, 61.101.